Offensive Player of the Year
Brashaad Mayweather, Old Mill, Sr.: The 5-foot-9, 180-pound transfer from Humble High in Texas rushed for 1,895 yards and 23 touchdowns as a tailback this fall, leading the Patriots (8-3) to their fourth consecutive Class 4A playoff berth. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry and rushed for more than 200 yards in four games, including a 342-yard, five-touchdown performance in the opener against Arundel. Mayweather totaled 3,184 yards and 42 touchdowns in two seasons as a Patriot.
Offensive First Team
Nick Bowen, Chesapeake, Sr.: The Cougars' all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns had 1,285 yards and 11 touchdowns on 219 carries for an average of 5.9 yards per carry this season. He finished his career with 3,423 yards and 37 touchdowns.
Patrick Cerone, Annapolis, Sr.: After moving from tackle to guard, Cerone led a young line. His blocking was a critical part of the Panthers' running game. He opened up holes for four different running backs with more than 500 yards each.
Chris Desautels, Broadneck, Soph.: Anchored the Bruins' kicking game by making 31 of 33 extra-point attempts and two field goals, the longest 37 yards.
Ben Gabbard, Broadneck, Jr.: Two-year starting center played all 11 games and made critical plays on an inexperienced line. He was the long snapper on punts and extra points.
Sean Grace, Old Mill, Sr.: Tight end grabbed seven receptions for 103 yards (14.7 average) and a two-point conversion. At 6-feet-2 and 220 pounds, Grace was also a strong blocker, and his 1380 SAT score and 3.85 grade-point average has interested schools such as Carnegie Mellon and Johns Hopkins.
Jeff Hoffman, Severna Park, Sr.: His 1,357 yards and nine touchdowns on 224 carries were the main reason that the Falcons turned around last year's 1-9 record. Hoffman finished as the county's second-leading rusher, averaged 6.1 yards per carry and caught five passes for 48 yards. He will play lacrosse at North Carolina.
Matt Lacher, Severna Park, Sr.: The 6-1, 230-pound lineman played both ways and was a team captain and three-year starter. He paved the way for Hoffman.
Ray Matula, Southern, Jr.: The best offensive lineman Coach Russ Meyers has seen in his tenure, Matula can drive-block and pull and move outside.
Sean Mulhall, Arundel, Sr.: A two-year starter at wide receiver, Mulhall led the county with 47 catches for 513 yards and an average of 10.9 yards per catch. He caught six touchdown passes, including the game-winner against Meade, giving the Wildcats (6-4) their first winning season since 1996.
Dan Pilkerton, Old Mill, Sr.: At 6-3 and 230 pounds, Pilkerton dropped 100 pounds in a year and a half and was the team's best run blocker. He steadily led Mayweather on counter plays.
Freddie Steinmark, Broadneck, Sr.: Quarterback completed 68 of 166 passes for 1,081 yards and 13 touchdowns. He ran 121 times for 552 yards (a 4.6-yard average) and six touchdowns. In two seasons, Steinmark passed for more than 2,400 yards with 25 touchdowns and ran for more than 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Donta Sylve, St. Mary's, Jr.: Led the Saints to a 15-12 win over Severn for a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference Gold Division title. Sylve rushed for 1,348 yards and 10 touchdowns on 222 carries, an average of 6.1 yards per carry.
Ernest Coleman, Old Mill, Sr., G
Derek Curran, Annapolis, Sr., TE
Alec Eaton, Meade, Jr., C
Joe Fold, Northeast, Sr., TE
Luis Gonzalez, Arundel, Sr., RB
Lenny Hall, Chesapeake, Sr., RB
Demetrius Harrison, Old Mill, Sr., WR
Cory Holland, Annapolis, Jr., OT
Justin Holland, Southern, Sr., QB
Jamal Jones, Severn, Soph., QB
Chris Lee, Southern, Sr., RB
Brit Lilly, Old Mill, Jr., PK
Hall McMillan, St. Mary's, Sr., C
Pete Montaner, Severn, Sr., WR
Tyler Moyer, Broadneck, Jr., G
Chris Newton, Glen Burnie, Sr., WR
Tommy O'Neil, Broadneck, Sr., RB
Dean Samuel, Severna Park, Jr.,
WR Bobby Schram, Arundel, Jr., QB
Jordan Sokel, Broadneck, Jr.
Coach of the Year
Russ Meyers, Southern
In his eighth year as head coach, Meyers directed the Bulldogs to a postseason berth for only the second time in school history. Southern rebounded from a 1-2 start to win four straight and six of its last seven. The smallest school in the county defeated four 4A teams and a strong 3A Severna Park team en route to the playoffs. Southern finished the season 7-3 after a 14-7 loss to eventual 2A state champion Hereford (11-0).